Coronavirus is remaking the way children learn and play. Classes by Zoom, homework apps and using a screen to babysit while parents work can be a necessary evil while schools remain closed. Now experts are reporting an increase in short-sightedness (myopia) in kids.
Building an eye healthy lifestyle during lockdown and beyond
Although there are varying guidelines on how much time children should spend on screens and outdoors as well as the importance of daylight they are exposed to, it is possible to conclude that more outdoor time can help balance out the amount of close up work and time being spent on screens. Here are some recommendations:
- Less time in front of screens
The World Health Organisation recommends that children under 5 spend one hour or less per day on devices, and children under 1 spend no time on digital devices. Set a timer to remind your children to take regular breaks from the screen.
- Spend more time outdoors
Encourage outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing and don’t forget to join your children outdoors too!
- 20-20-20 Rule
This is where you should take a break from looking at your screen every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Keep screens at arm’s length
Keep your screen 18 to 24 inches away from your face and zoom in on screens to make text larger.
Children’s eyesight is precious, so as responsible parents lets do our best and try to reduce screen time and keep them active outdoors.